Saygus V2 gets delayed again, expected to ship in the fall if Indiegogo campaign is successful

saygus_v2_smartphoneThe Saygus V2 is trying its hardest to become the most delayed smartphone of all time. Just one day before it was supposed to begin shipping back in May, Saygus indefinitely pushed the launch of the device back with not much more than a small apology.

Fast forward one month, and in a move that should surprise absolutely no one, the phone has been delayed again. Saygus claims manufacturing issues are the problem here, so in an attempt to move things to another manufacturer, they’ve started up an Indiegogo campaign to raise $1 million to keep the ball rolling. Anyone that’s already pre-ordered the device will still be able to get one, although they are kindly offering refunds if you’re tired of waiting. If the fundraising campaign hits its target, you can expect the device to start shipping in the fall this year. Maybe. Possibly. Don’t hold your breath. Read more

Nokia and LG reach smartphone patent licensing agreement

AT&T_LG_Optimus_G_Pro_TA_Front_Top_LG_Logo_Screen_OffLG and Nokia have announced that they’ve reached a licensing deal related to several of Nokia smartphone patents. LG has licensed a wide range of patents covering communications over a mobile network, although neither company disclosed how much LG is paying for the licensing.

Both companies have said the deal is mutually beneficial, which I’m sure everyone will agree with. LG gets access to some patents to make better phones, and Nokia gets some extra cash. It’s not like Nokia was using the technology to make any compelling smartphones. Read more

Alibaba working on Netflix video streaming competitor in China

alibaba logoAliababa, the extremely large Chinese commerce company, is reportedly working on a video streaming service to rival Netflix in China. The service will be called TBO, or Tmall Box Office, and will operate on a mostly paid-content model. The company plans to keep around 90% of the content behind a paywall, either by subscription or a one-time fee for shows or episodes. The other 10% will be free.

The Chinese online video streaming market is very competitive, although a huge company like Alibaba stands a better chance at getting a foothold than some other contenders. Netflix still doesn’t officially have a presence in China, which likely has something to do with the poor track record of foreign companies attempting to succeed in China. Read more

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 will reportedly miss its sales goals this year

Qualcomm_Snapdragon_810_MDP_Phone_BackQualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 CPU has had a rough year. There have been many, many reports of the device overheating, and although Qualcomm has tried to defer those claims as just rumors, it’s pretty clear that the negative press has hurt the processor’s market share. The HTC One M9 uses the 810, but LG’s G4 opted for the 808, and Samsung has entirely skipped the Snapdragon line for their own Exynos CPUs in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The only two major devices using a Snapdragon 810 are the One M9 and Sony’s Xperia Z4/Z3+, and neither of those devices are shaking up the market right now. Read more

Unlocked Sony Xperia Z3+ goes up for pre-order in the UK

Sony-Xperia-Z4 (8)Sony’s Xperia Z3+ (or Xperia Z4, depending on what country you’re in) is just a few days away from a global release, but it’s not too late to lock in a pre-order if you’re itching to get your hands on the device as quickly as possible.

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse is selling the exclusive Ice Green color Z3+ complete with a bundle that includes a set of headphones, a three month subscription to Tidal, and six music album downloads. It’s expected in store on June 26th. Read more

Google discusses privacy and permissions within Android apps

talk android app permissionsPrivacy and security are big issues for consumers lately, especially when it comes to technology. It’s such an important topic that during Apple’s keynote last week, they used privacy as a selling point for their products. Staying in control of your data and information is invaluable to customers now, and companies are striving to make sure their users stay in control of those things.

With Apple making such a huge push in the direction of privacy, that puts eyes on Google to see what they’re planning on doing to help out on the security front. A Google executive recently sat down to discuss some of what goes into managing user info, especially when it comes to apps on a smartphone, and why it took the company so long to get things to where they are now. Read more

Best camera replacement apps for Android phones and tablets [June 2015]

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Last month we went over some of the best available apps for tweaking and editing your camera shots, all of which are solid choices for cleaning up your pictures before sharing them with the world. However, sometimes it’s better to line up the perfectly filtered shot to save yourself the hassle of editing things after the fact, and that’s where this guide comes in.

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Duolingo valued at $470 million after new $45 million investment round

duolingoDuolingo, the free app that helps you quickly learn a new language, has announced that they’ve received a new round of investor funding led by Google Capital. This round ended up at around $45 million, bringing the company’s total funds raised to $83.3 million. Duolingo says its valuation now sits at around $470 million.

The service has more than 100 million global users, and Duolingo claims that more people are using its app to learn new languages than the entire US public school system. That’s a pretty impressive feat. Read more